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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Grieg and His Friends

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Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.  








Dear Friends!

On Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at 6 p.m. Nathan, Sebastian and I are thrilled to invite you to the grand SEASON FINALE in tribute to GRIEG AND HIS FRIENDS! This final celebration of the 175th birthday of Edvard Grieg and the composers within his circle will include some of the finest and seldom-heard masterworrks by Mendelssohn, Gade, Grieg, and Schumann. An Aquarian Genius, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), was known for his precocious talent, innate gift for melodic lyricism, and his profound admiration of Bach and Mozart, all on display in his elegiac Violin Sonata in F Minor (1825) - the second of his three violin sonatas which demonstrates the brilliancy of his early works, composed when Mendelssohn was just 16 years old. Following in the foosteps of Mendelssohn, Niels Gade (1817-1890) was a Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist, the teacher of Grieg and a friend of both Mendelssohn and Schumann, considered to be the most important Danish musician of his day who was famous for his orchestral music yet largely overlooked for his equally worthy chamber music and piano works. Gade's ebullient Piano Trio in F Major, op. 42 (1864) was much inspired by both Mendelssohn and Schumann and considered to be his most substantial and imaginative work, cast in four movements: a spirited Allegro animato, a delightfully playful scherzo, Allegro molto vivace, a poignant and elegant Andantino, and a fiery finale, Allegro con fuoco, full of sparkling virtuosity for all three players alike. Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) was a leading Norwegian Romantic composer, conductor, pianist, writer, and humanist. Aside from his one-and-only Cello Sonata in A minor, op. 36 and his wistful Intermezzo for cello and piano, Grieg's heartfelt Allegretto espressivo in E Major for cello and piano (1887) was his own transcription of the slow movement from his Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, op. 45 (1887) which he presented as a birthday present to his brother and gifted cellist, John. A profound influence on Grieg, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was a leading German romantic composer, pianist and an important music critic whose close friend, E.F. Wenzel, was one of Grieg's teachers. Our program will conclude with Schumann's impassioned and rarely-played Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, op. 110 (1851) - a masterwork of his late period and his last piano trio dedicated to Niels Gade, whose music Schumann (and Mendelssohn) greatly admired. This brilliant Trio made a deep impression on Clara Schumann, who wrote of it: "It is original and increasingly passionate, especially the Scherzo, which carries one along with it into the wildest depths." This final memorable tribute to Grieg and His Friends is not-to-be-missed!!!

Nathan, Sebastian and I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, December 15th!


Best wishes,

Dr. Yelena Grinberg, founder and artistic director of the Grinberg Classical Salon Series

WHEN: Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at 6 p.m.

          Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. 
          Food-and-wine reception to follow the salon

WHERE: Private Residence on the Upper West Side (West 90s)

          You will be emailed the exact home address after you register through this website


          Admission price includes the wine-and-hors d'oeuvres reception with the guest Artists
          Attendance is limited to just 21 seats!
          Advance ticket purchase through Eventbrite is required. NO tickets sold at the door.

CONTACT: Dr. Yelena Grinberg - 



MENDELSSOHN - Violin Sonata in F Minor (1825)
GADE - Piano Trio in F Major, op. 42 (1864)
GRIEG - Allegretto in E Major for cello and piano (1887)
SCHUMANN - Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, op. 110 (1851)


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Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Grinberg Classical Salon Series

An intimate, elegant, and enlightening series of Classical music salon lecture-recitals on the Upper West Side (West 90s), followed by a food-and-wine reception with the guest artist(s).

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